Exploring contemporary challenges of intergenerational education in lifelong learning societies: An introduction


  • Elena Luppi University of Bologna




intergenerational programmes, intergenerational education, solidarity, elderly, young


The concept of generation refers to the idea of generativity, and recalls a link of ancestry and descendance, yet in the full sense of the notion of generations and intergenerational relations, we go beyond the generative connections to recall the idea of identity constructions as a crossroads of family, social, historical, and political relationships. In this contribution and, more generally, in this special issue, we will try to look at the concept of generations from an educational perspective, focusing on the potential of intergenerational relations as a space for building communities based on heritage transmission, active citizenship and solidarity. The concept of positive intergenerational interdependence is increasingly common in the institutional and academic debate, and education can play an important role in promoting intergenerational solidarity: a strategic response to the major challenges affecting our communities.


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How to Cite

Luppi, E. (2023). Exploring contemporary challenges of intergenerational education in lifelong learning societies: An introduction. Ricerche Di Pedagogia E Didattica. Journal of Theories and Research in Education, 18(2), 1–15. https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.1970-2221/17740